Welcome to the towns of Brinnon and Quilcene, also known as the Emerald Towns of the
Hood Canal, which sit in the lap of the eastern slopes of the grand Olympic Mountains.
Brinnon and Quilcene, both situated on the western shores of the Hood Canal of the Puget
Sound, are the gateways to the Olympic National Forest and the Olympic Mountains, which
includes the Olympic National Park. (Our Focus Points section includes a look at the
current situation regarding public access into the National Park.) There are a lot of
camping opportunities, too. The Emerald Towns of Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce has a
full listing of area camping sites.
The Olympic mountains are glacier capped with old-growth forests which hug the wild
Pacific coast. The Olympic Peninsula is also known for its biological diversity.
Isolated for eons by glacial ice, and later the waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of
Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Peninsula has developed its own distinct array of plants and
animals. Eight kinds of plants and 15 kinds of animals are found on the peninsula but
no where else on Earth.
There are two river valleys leading into the Olympics out of Brinnon: The Duckabush,
and the Dosewallips. In addition, right in Brinnon, you can visit the Dosewallips
State Park, a 425-acre, year-round camping park with 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline
on the Hood Canal. It also has 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on either side of
the Dosewallips River, which originates in the wilderness of the Olympics.
Quilcene is home of the Quilcene Ranger District, which covers 155,000 acres in the
northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. This area lies in the rainshadow of the
Olympic Mountains and contains some of the driest ecosystems on the Olympic Forest.
Running from the mountains to salt water, the district includes alpine botanical
wonderlands, several major rivers, and the 50,000 acre Buckhorn Wilderness. Recreation
opportunities include hiking and interpretive trails, campgrounds, self guided auto
tour and an oyster beach.
We, the residents and business owners of south Jefferson County, have been described as
a "fiercely independent, remote South County Community" - but we know
different. We are a warm, caring, environmentally conscious community that invites
visitors to come participate in our love of the natural resources we preserve and adore.
Interested in visiting our south Jefferson County communities of Brinnon and Quilcene?
We'd love to have you visit!
Thank you for stopping by. Come back often!